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Fall 2020 Montague Law Library Operations

Access to the Law Library

Hours  

The law library will be open Monday - Friday for students to study with reduced seating for law and SIA students between the hours of 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM. For patrons needing to make an appointment, they should email library@pennstatelaw.psu.edu.  

Masks   

In accordance with University requirements, masks must always be worn by anyone entering the library. Patrons will not be able to enter and stay in the library without wearing a mask.  

Entry, Exit, and Traffic Flow 

All patrons will enter through the main law library entrance on the second floor and will exit through the fire door located at the bottom of the stairs on the second floor. Only one patron will enter and exit the library at a time and maintain six feet of distance between any other patron when entering or exiting the law library.  Please only enter the library if you have reserved a seat, are picking up library materials, need to use the printer, book scanner, or public computers, or otherwise have an appointment to enter the law library. 

Traffic will flow up the ramp, past the Reading Room and stacks on the third floor, and down the stairs. Please follow all directional signs throughout the law library and main at least 6 feet of distance between other people. 

Patrons  

The law library will be available for Law and SIA students, faculty, and staff during the stated hours by appointment only. Anyone wishing to come to the library to study, pick up materials, or use the public equipment must reserve a time and/or a seat through the LibCal seat reservation system before entering the library. Only patrons who have a time reserved should enter the library at their designated time. 

The law library will remain closed to the general public and will not be accessible by the medical community or other Penn State Community members with limited exceptions. Contact library@pennstatelaw.psu.edu if you have a request to access the law library.    

Public Equipment  

A limited number of public computers and the book scanner will be available for student use. Please disinfect the computer mouse, keyboard, touch screens, and any other surfaces you touch before and after using the computers and/or book scanner.

  • Please use the reservation system to schedule time to use the book scanner located across from the circulation desk.
  • There are four computer terminals located across from the circulation desk for quick tasks.  They first come first serve and not on our reservation system.
  • The four computers with desk space are located on the third floor of the library must be reserved through the library seat reservation system. 

Beginning August 17th, there will be a new printer available in the law library for student use that is managed by WEPA, a cloud based, print management solution for student printing in higher education and university settings. This new system was implemented across Penn State by Central IT and, with this change, there will no longer be free printer for students. 

With the WEPA cloud-based printing solution:

  • Students can print to it from many different cloud based platforms – Canvas, Box, Google, Onedrive, etc
  • Students can print from any location, they are no longer tied to the one printer that is connected to the machine they are using.  They can send a job from their personal laptop to a printer and release the job from their phone when they get there.
  • It is touchless solution that is managed by releasing your print job from your phone. 

There will be no office supplies such as staplers, 3-hole punch, paper clips, etc. available at the Circulation Desk.     

Seating  

The law library will be operating at approximately 20% capacity for seating. This means there will be 68 seats available for students to study as follows designated by zones - the Ramp, the Reading Room, 3rd Floor Desk, and Desktop Computers. 

The Reading Room will be designated as quiet study space. All other seats available in the law library can be used for studying or for students participating in remote classes.  

To book a seat in the law library, go to the Student Resources page of the law library website and click the button for Reserve a Seat. Instructions for reserving a seat on your computer are available here and on your mobile device here. Because Law Library seating will be significantly limited, please reserve a seat before entering the Law Library to ensure that a seat is available for you. 

Students will be able to reserve a seat up to 24 hours in advance in two-hour blocks. There will be 15 minutes of padding on the end of each seat reservation in order to ensure that the student has time to clean the space and vacate the area before the next student arrives. If there is no one scheduled in the seat at the end of a student's two-hour block, the student may book the next time slot. Only 2 two-hour blocks will be allowed per student per day. 

Disinfectant and hand sanitizer will be placed near the study spaces so that students can disinfect their study spaces before and after their study tie. 

In accordance with guidance from University Libraries, group study rooms will be closed to students to avoid groups of students gathering in small spaces and in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

Students will be required to remove all garbage and belongings from their study spaces. There will be no garbage disposal available in the library. Failure to dispose of garbage by students and patrons will result in reduced hours and accessibility of the law library.  

There will be no eating or drinking in the law library. 

Services 

Staffing  

The Law Library will be staffed virtually during normal business hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please contact library@pennstatelaw.psu.edu if you need library services. This can include reference meetings, inquiries about library databases and library materials, questions about materials that are checked out, help locating library resources, password issues and any other questions you may have for law library staff. 

Reference 

Law Librarians will provide virtual reference meetings.  General reference questions should be emailed to library@pennstatelaw.psu.edu and will be answered during normal business hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Law Librarian monitoring the inbox will respond or forward the email to the correct library contact to answer the question.  

Law Librarians will also offer remote reference by appointment. Reference appointments can be made by emailing library@pennstatelaw.psu.edu to schedule an appointment.